Ever wondered what the undersea cable network connecting the world to the internet looked like and where the cables were all located? Greg Mahlknecht from Durban in South Africa has been busy putting together a map of all the undersea cables are using information on the internet. The project is still a work in progress but looking at the cables displayed on a map of the world gives a new understanding of the “world wide web” and how connected to it we all are.
I took the time to focus more on the Caribbean section of the map and found that we are well connected to the web with high speed cables connecting Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, South America, Central America, Florida and the Lesser Antilles. Interestingly, according to the map so far, no undersea cable connect to Haiti and only one cable connect to Cuba which runs from Jamaica.
The cables cover most of the globe connecting major coastal cities, capitals and even tiny islands. Some of the fastest cables can be found in Asia connecting countries like Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Each cable is clickable with information and links about each cable speed, year it started operating and more. Take a look at cablemap.info to view the entire map.
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